Oscar on sale



These beautiful hand-embroidered gowns took over 200 hours to complete by master artisans in Oscar de la Renta’s New York atelier. These were the grand finale of the Fall 2013 runway show. The mulberry silk faille gowns feature gold bullion and beaded toile de Jouy embroidery, inspired by French paintings from the 18th century. These gowns are now marked down on sale here.


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I couldn’t help but drool over these gorgeous pieces from Oscar de la Renta ready-to-wear collection. Some of Fall 2013 are marked down to up to 40% off. Photos and descriptions from www.oscardelarenta.com


01  Off the shoulder dress Black lace, a hallmark of Oscar’s design aesthetic, is beautifully layered over white silk faille for a modern take on ladylike luxe. The off-shoulder neckline elegantly flaunts the décolleté. Pair with a single-sole pump and tonal accessories to complete the look.


02  Clustered Crystal Ring Oscar’s love for island life is beautifully illustrated in this anemone-like ring with faceted Swarovski crystals in bezel settings complimented with a pavé band. The abstract motif will be an elegant conversation starter at your next cocktail party.


03  Mosaico Tiered Necklace Add sophisticated refinement to any look with this two-strand necklace comprised of mixed linked motifs—featuring our signature mosaico insignia. Designed and handcrafted in America, this finery is cast in exclusive Russian gold for the perfect rich tone.


04  Concorde
Dubbed the Concorde, after the supersonic airliner, this bag is the epitome of couture due to its labor-intensive construction. Layers upon layers of vegetable-tanned lizard leather are meticulously hand-shaped to mold the frameless bag’s unique silhouette. The two-in-one bag transitions effortlessly from day to night thanks to its removable chain. Easily holds all your on-the-town essentials like compact, phone, cards, keys and lipstick.


05  Ross. This single-sole pump with suede stitch detailing is a modern take on an iconic style. Using the same rich jewel tones from the runway, the vibrant ruby will add interest and sophistication to any look. Crafted in Italy using the finest materials and techniques.



Princess Lea



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When I told my girls we were invited to the launch of a children’s book about Lea Salonga, they were floored. They are big fans of Lea. Sophia knows all her songs. They’ve met her at the opening night of Mamma Mia at the CCP where they were surrounded by so many local stars but they only recognized Lea and another personality.

Princess Lea is Yvette Fernandez’ fifth book published by Dream Big Books, a subsidiary of Summit Books focusing on children’s stories about modern-day Filipino role models. Among the books in the series are Big John, the riches-to-rags-to-riches tale of John Gokongwei, Jr.; Nanay Coring, the success story of National Book Store owner Socorro Ramos; Ninoy, Cory, and Noynoy, which tells of love for nation of the Aquino family; and Simply Jesse, which recounts the life of former DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo.


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Writer Yvette Fernandez, Lea and illustrator Nicole Lim. Princess Lea shows highlights of Lea’s life from when she was a six-year-old, landing a part in a local production of The King and I to an internationally renowned performer who has starred as Kim in Miss Saigon, Eponine and Fantine in Les Miserables, and Mei-Li in Flower Drum Song, among others.


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The story builds up to the day of Lea’s wedding to Rob – Lea’s favourite “moment” in the book. She also says her favourite role is that of mommy to daughter Nicole, who read the 10 tips to succeeding like Lea Salonga.



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Also guests were Jillian, Trish and Congresswoman Leni Robredo.


As you know, Leni and I met in person days after Sec Jessie’s funeral. She had been a long-time reader of my blog and knew everything about me. Now we are friends. Surreal.


My girls read their books on the spot.


Then they all lined up and waited for their turn at the book signing. They weren’t just excited about seeing Lea again, they were also looking forward to talking with Yvette Fernandez (they call her Tita Yvette). Yvette has given them signed copies of all her children’s books. Soph has a knack for writing fiction and poetry, and hopes to be published one day. Both Soph and Lily love drawing and illustrating their works, so they were also in awe of the illustrator Nicole.


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Happy when they got their turn.


Stella said, “It’s the best book ever!” She is into superlatives. But really, it’s a great book.


Princess Lea is available in National Book Store and other bookstores nationwide for only Php 125. Part of the proceeds from the sales will go to the ICanServe Foundation, to benefit women with breast cancer.



Religioso Holiday 2013





In the Philippines, the Holiday season starts in October – at least in terms of the social scene. But really, I started hearing Christmas songs in August. Insanity. But October is when every grand ball or fancy event takes place.

I have not been in the mood to wear gowns lately, so I gracefully declined all formal events. But if I had gone, I would love to wear any of Religioso’s not-so-formal outfits. I especially like the ball skirts. These days, ball skirts are more than just practical, they are pretty too.

Design duo sisters Choc and Yvette Religioso were inspired by flowers in bloom — blossoming full skirts, feminine silhouettes come together for a graphic take on the classic black and white ensemble. As the Religioso sisters say, it’s femininity without frills, style without superfluousness, quality without compromise.












Religioso is at Greenbelt 5 and Shangrila Plaza.


Sophia’s Christmas Poem





How is it already the 6th of December? I haven’t started Christmas shopping yet. We haven’t put up our tree. I have to admit, it’s a little difficult this season with my mind still in Typhoon Haiyan.

But Christmas is for kids. And my kids are totally in the spirit of the season. They are taking me hostage this weekend to put up the tree. And we shall.

Sophia shared with me a poem she wrote for her English class. I asked if I could post it. She added her cute illustrations too.

I hope you are all beginning to feel Christmas in your home.



Beautiful children’s books



My kids received the loveliest presents from our new friends Patricia D. in New York — three fairy tale books reinterpreted by contemporary illustrators.


Coincidentally, the three books were recommended by the New York Times Book Review that same week she gave the books to us. Read the full article here.


“As John Updike said, they (fairy tales) were the television and pornography of an earlier age…” When Lily and I read Fairy Tale Comics together, we both found some scenes strange and scary funny at the same time. Lots of reference to “give me your daughter” or “give me your first born” story lines.


I love them for all the amazing illustrations inside!


Fairy Tale Comics is most interesting in that each story was illustrated by a different artist. I also found that some of the tales were pushing on the daring side. Still ok by me though.


A spread from Fairy Tale Comics.


Read-To-Me Book of Fairy Tales is not your ordinary princessy type book. The words are still gentle but some of the graphics are on the dark side. Stella still loved them. All three books have a version of Rumpelstiltskin.


I love this the most. The watercolour illustrations of Lisbeth Zwerger are so lovely – which is a good balance against the more bizarre tales of The Brothers Grimm. This one is for me.


Look at the pretty artwork.


Thank you Patricia and Stella. Your new friends Sophia, Lily and Stella treasure these books!